SANTA ANITA ANNOUNCES 2018-19 WINTER MEET STAKES SCHEDULE, HEADED BY THE GRADE I MALIBU & LA BREA STAKES OPENING DAY, DECEMBER 26

A TOTAL OF 60 STAKES, INCLUDING 34 GRADED EVENTS (EIGHT OF THEM GRADE I) TO BE OFFERED THROUGH APRIL 7, WITH ADDITIONAL SPRING STAKES SCHEDULE TO FOLLOW  

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 14, 2018)–Santa Anita Park, which will open for its 82nd Winter Meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 26, has announced its Winter Meet Stakes Schedule, which will include a total of 60 added money races, highlighted by 34 graded stakes (eight of them Grade I), through Sunday, April 7.  (Santa Anita’s complete Spring Stakes Schedule will be released at a later date).

A pair of Grade I stakes at seven furlongs, the $300,000 Malibu and the $300,000 La Brea, will headline the opening day program Dec. 26 and be complemented by the Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) and the Grade II, $300,000 San Antonio Stakes at a mile and one sixteenth.

The prestigious Grade I, $300,000 American Oaks, for 3-year-old fillies at a mile and one quarter on turf, will serve as Santa Anita’s final Grade I offering of the year on Saturday, Dec. 29.

The Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby will be run on Saturday, April 6.  Won by this year’s undefeated Triple Crown Champion Justify, the Santa Anita Derby has now produced a total of 18 Kentucky Derby winners.

First run in February, 1935, the Grade I, $500,000 Santa Anita Handicap, which was won this past March by Horse of the Year candidate and recent $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic champ Accelerate, will be contested for the 82nd time on Saturday, March 9.

Santa Anita’s Winter Meet racing will again be comprised of 60 racing dates, while the track’s total Winter/Spring offering, to run through Sunday, June 23, will offer fans and horsemen 102 combined racing days, dating back to Dec. 26.

SANTA ANITA’S GRADE I STAKES ROSTER, DEC. 26 THROUGH APRIL 7

Dec. 26  $300,000 Malibu Stakes

Dec. 26  $300,000 La Brea Stakes

Dec. 29  American Oaks (turf)

March 9 Santa Anita Handicap

March 9 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (turf)

March 16 Beholder Mile

April 6 Santa Anita Derby

April 6 Santa Anita Oaks

For a complete roster of Santa Anita’s Winter Meet stakes, see below: 

2018-2019 Santa Anita Stakes Schedule 
Run Date Race Age Distance Purse
Wed Dec 26 Malibu Stakes (Gr I) 3 YO 7 F $300,000
Wed Dec 26 Mathis Brothers Mile (Gr II) 3 YO 1 M (T) $200,000
Wed Dec 26 La Brea S (Gr I) F, 3 YO 7 F $300,000
Wed Dec 26 San Antonio S (Gr II) 3 & UP 1 1/16 M $300,000
Wed Dec 26 Lady Of Shamrock S F, 3 YO 1 M (T) $75,000
Fri Dec 28 Eddie Logan S 2 YO 1 M (T) $75,000
Sat Dec 29 American Oaks (Gr I) F, 3 YO 1 1/4 M (T) $300,000
Sat Dec 29 Robert J. Frankel S (Gr III) F/M, 3 & UP 1 1/8 M (T) $150,000
Sun Dec 30 Blue Norther S F, 2 YO 1 M (T) $75,000
Tue Jan 1 Joe Hernandez S 4 & UP abt 6 1/2 F (T) $75,000
Sat Jan 5 San Gabriel S (Gr II) 4 & UP 1 1/8 M (T) $200,000
Sat Jan 5 Sham S (Gr III) 3 YO 1 M $100,000
Sun Jan 6 Santa Ynez S (Gr II) F, 3 YO 7 F $200,000
Sat Jan 12 Las Cienegas S (Gr III) F/M, 4 & UP abt 6 1/2 F (T) $100,000
Sat Jan 12 La Canada S (Gr II) FM, 4 & UP 1 1/16 M $200,000
Sun Jan 13 Kalookan Queen S FM, 4 & UP 6 1/2 F $75,000
Sat Jan 19 Palos Verdes S (Gr II) 4 & UP 6 F $200,000
Sun Jan 20 Astra S FM, 4 & UP 1 1/2 M (T) $75,000
Mon Jan 21 Megahertz S (Gr III) FM, 4 & UP 1 M (T) $100,000
Sat Jan 26 Cal Cup Turf Sprint S 3 YO (CA) abt 6 1/2 F (T) $100,000
Sat Jan 26 Sunshine Millions F/M Turf Sprint F & M, 4 & UP (CA) abt 6 1/2 F (T) $150,000
Sat Jan 26 California Cup Sprint 4 & UP (CA ) 6 F $150,000
Sat Jan 26 Unusual Heat Turf Classic 4 & UP (CA) 1 1/8 M (T) $200,000
Sun Jan 27 Clockers’ Corner S ( R ) 4 & UP ( R ) abt 6 1/2 F (T) $75,000
Sat Feb 2 San Pasqual S (Gr II) 4 & UP 1 1/8 M $200,000
Sat Feb 2 Robert B. Lewis S (Gr III) 3 YO 1 1/16 M $150,000
Sat Feb 2 San Marcos S (Gr II) 4 & UP 1 1/4 M (T) $200,000
Sun Feb 3 Baffle S 3 YO abt 6 1/2 F (T) $75,000
Sat Feb 9 Thunder Road S (Gr III) 4 & UP 1 M (T) $100,000
Sat Feb 9 Las Virgenes S (Gr II) F, 3 YO 1 M $200,000
Sun Feb 10 Sweet Life S F, 3 YO abt 6 1/2 F (T) $75,000
Sun Feb 10 San Vicente S (Gr II) 3 YO 7 F $200,000
Sat Feb 16 Wishing Well S ( R ) FM, 4 & UP ( R ) abt 6 1/2 F (T) $75,000
Sat Feb 16 Santa Monica S (G II) FM, 4 & UP 7 F $250,000
Mon Feb 18 California Cup Derby 3 YO (CA) 1 1/16 M $200,000
Mon Feb 18 California Cup Oaks F, 3 YO (CA) 1 M (T) $200,000
Sat Feb 23 Buena Vista S (Gr II) F/M, 4 & UP 1 M (T) $200,000
Sun Feb 24 Spring Fever S F/M, 4 & UP (CA) 6 F $100,000
Sat Mar 2 Pasadena S 3 YO 1 M (T) $200,000
Sun Mar 3 Tiznow S 4 & UP (CA) 1 M $100,000
Sat Mar 9 San Felipe S (Gr II) 3 YO 1/1/16 M $500,000
Sat Mar 9 China Doll S F, 3 YO 1 M (T) $75,000
Sat Mar 9 Santa Anita Handicap (Gr I) 4 & UP 1 1/4 M $500,000
Sat Mar 9 Frank E. Kilroe Mile  (Gr I) 4 & UP 1 M (T) $400,000
Sat Mar 9 San Carlos S (Gr II) 3 & UP 7 F $200,000
Sun Mar 10 Santa Ysabel S (Gr III) F, 3 YO 1 1/16 M $100,000
Sat Mar 16 San Simeon S (Gr III) 3 & UP abt 6 1/2 F (T) $100,000
Sat Mar 16 Beholder S (Gr I) F/M, 3 & UP 1 M $400,000
Sun Mar 17 Irish O’Brien S F/M, 4 & UP (CA) abt 6 1/2 F (T) $100,000
Sat Mar 23 San Luis Rey S (Gr II) 4 & UP 1 1/2 M (T) $200,000
Sun Mar 24 Sensational Star S 4 & UP (CA) abt 6 1/2 F (T) $100,000
Sat Mar 30 Santa Ana S (Gr II) F/M, 4 & UP 1 1/4 (T) $200,000
Sun Mar 31 Santana Mile 4 & UP 1 M $75,000
Sat Apr 6 Santa Anita Derby (Gr I) 3 YO 1 1/8 M $1,000,000
Sat Apr 6 Echo Eddie S 3 YO (CA ) 6 1/2 F $200,000
Sat Apr 6 Evening Jewel S F, 3 YO (CA) 6 1/2 F $200,000
Sat Apr 6 Santa Anita Oaks (Gr I) F, 3 YO 1 1/16 M $400,000
Sat Apr 6 Providencia S (Gr III) F, 3 YO 1 1/8 M (T) $150,000
Sat Apr 6 Royal Herione S (Gr II) F/M, 4 & UP 1 M (T) $200,000
Sun Apr 7 Las Flores S (Gr III) F/M, 4 & UP 6 F $100,000

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN AND MIKE WILLMAN – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4

HORSE OF THE YEAR 2018: IS IT JUSTIFY OR ACCELERATE?
  • FIVE SO CAL-BASED HORSES TASTE BREEDERS’ CUP GLORY
  • MANDATORY RAINBOW PICK SIX COULD SURPASS $7 MILLION
  • TOP JOCK ROSARIO COMING WEST FOR THE WINTER MEET
  • JOCKEY AND TRAINER TITLES MAY GO DOWN TO THE WIRE 

JUSTIFY, ACCELERATE VIE FOR HORSE OF THE YEAR

While Accelerate did nothing but enhance his chances of being named Horse of the Year by winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic yesterday, Justify, only the second undefeated Triple Crown winner in the annals of racing, was a precarious leader in the clubhouse.

Meanwhile, the jury is out until the decision is announced on January 24 at Gulfstream Park in Florida.

It boils down to this: will the voters adhere to a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately dictum and bestow honors upon Accelerate, who won five Grade I races this year, all but the Classic in Southern California, losing his only other venture out of the Golden State to City of Light at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas, or opt for perfection in Justify, whose career was aborted due to injury after capturing the final jewel in the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes on June 9?

Brian Beach understandably could be somewhat ambivalent and vacillate on the issue. He is the agent for Victor Espinoza, who captured the 2015 Triple Crown aboard American Pharoah for trainer Bob Baffert, and who was the regular rider of Accelerate before being injured in a training mishap at Del Mar in July.

“My heart would be with Accelerate,” said Beach, who also represents Victor’s nephew, promising apprentice Assael Espinoza. “It has something to do with the fact that Justify’s Triple Crown came on the heels of American Pharoah’s, so I guess it doesn’t register as much impact.

“But Accelerate did something special as well, winning all the Grade I’s on the West Coast and beating the best the east had to offer at the end of the year. The amazing thing about Accelerate is how he matured.

“At one time, a mile and a quarter wasn’t really considered his best distance, and he needed to have a certain trip in the race, but he’s overcome all that and is actually better at a mile and a quarter now, and the trip isn’t as important.

“He can be on the lead, he can sit off it, he can be inside, he can be outside, so from an insider’s point of view, he’s really come a long way. The owners (Kosta and Peter Hronis) have had the patience to keep him in training, while (trainer) John (Sadler) and his team have developed him to where he is.”

Neil Drysdale, with a Kentucky Derby winner (Fusaichi Pegasus), a Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and Horse of the Year (A.P. Indy) on his Hall of Fame resume, chose to walk the politically correct line.

“I would abstain from voting,” Drysdale said with a hearty laugh on a glorious Sunday morning at Santa Anita, where streaks of pink and blue mingled in a tranquil powder blue sky above the majestic San Gabriel Mountains. “I’m going to do a ‘no comment’ on that one.”

John Shirreffs, who won the Kentucky Derby with 50-1 shot Giacomo in 2005, trained the fabled female Zenyatta to an “un-be-liev-a-ble” Breeders’ Cup Classic triumph in 2009 in addition to Horse of the Year honors in 2010, wore his diplomat’s vest.

“We had a Triple Crown winner three years ago,” he said, “and that was the first time in 37 years (since Affirmed in 1978), so that sort of took some of the luster off of Justify’s achievement–not a lot, just a little bit.

“Accelerate ran against all ages, but for me it’s a real tossup. Justify never ran against older horses, even though he couldn’t because he got hurt, but still, he didn’t do it.

“I don’t think you can penalize Accelerate for that, but by the same token, you can’t penalize Justify, either.”

And the beat goes on.

ACCELERATE HEADS FIVE-WIN SCOREBOARD FOR SO CAL-BASED HORSES

In a remarkable achievement, five Southern California-based horses were victorious over the course of the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs.

On Friday, Gary and Mary West’s Game Winner, trained by Bob Baffert, overcame considerable adversity to win the Grade I, $2 million Juvenile under Joel Rosario. A 4 ½ length winner of the Grade I American Pharoah Stakes here on Sept. 29, the Santa Anita-based colt by Candy Ride took the Grade I Del Futurity on Sept. 3 and was a first-out maiden winner at Del Mar Aug. 18.

On Saturday, trainer Peter Miller pulled off a year-to-year double for the ages, as Stormy Liberal and Roy H each won their respective races, the Turf Sprint and the Sprint, for the second year in a row while based at San Luis Rey Downs.

Owned by Gary Hartunian’s Rockingham Ranch and David Bernsen, LLC, Stormy Liberal took a couple of turf sprints this past summer at Del Mar and he used Santa Anita’s Grade III Eddie D Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course as his final prep for yesterday’s win with Drayden Van Dyke up.

Roy H, also owned by Rockingham Ranch and Bernsen, used the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship as his springboard to Breeders’ Cup Glory–Take 2, with Paco Lopez aboard.

A graduate of Arcadia High School and a longtime assistant to Todd Pletcher, Michael McCarthy (formerly Whitey) sent Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren’s City of Light out to win yesterday’s Grade I, $1 million Dirt Mile under Javier Castellano. A winner of last December’s Grade I Malibu Stakes, Santa Anita-based City of Light capped a tremendous year that also included victories in the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes here on March 10 and the Grade II Oaklawn Handicap on April 14.

The 35th Breeders’ Cup World Championships drew to a crescendo yesterday with Hronis Racing’s Accelerate winning the $6 million Classic under Joel Rosario, his fifth Grade I victory of 2018. With Sadler at the controls, the Santa Anita-based five-year-old full horse by Lookin At Lucky won six out of his seven starts this year; the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes here on Feb. 3, the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 10, the Gold Cup at Santa Anita May 26, the Pacific Classic at Del Mar Aug.16, and most recently, the Grade I Awesome Again Stakes here on Sept. 29.

  • ANDERSON CONFIRMS IT’S ‘WESTWARD HO’ FOR ROSARIO

Super agent Ron Anderson confirmed via text this morning that eastern-based Joel Rosario will shift his tack full-time to Santa Anita, beginning Dec. 26, opening day of the track’s Winter Meet.

“To clarify, Joel will be there for the Winter (Meet) starting Dec. 26,” said Anderson.  “Keeneland after that. Kind of what we did with Garrett Gomez.”

Rosario, regarded as one of the strongest finishers in racing, comes off a huge weekend at Churchill Downs, beginning on Friday when he won both the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies, with Bob Baffert’s Game Winner and the John Servis-trained Jaywalk. His crowning achievement came yesterday, as he guided Accelerate to victory in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.

A winner of nine Breeders’ Cup races over his career, the 33-year-old native of the Dominican Republic completed a rare double in 2013 when he won the Dubai World Cup with the Graham Motion-trained Animal Kingdom and then won the Kentucky Derby with the Shug McGaughey-conditioned Orb.

Among the top six money earning riders in America for nine consecutive years dating back to 2009, Rosario, who was formerly based in the San Francisco Bay area and here in Southern California, joined Hall of Famers Bill Shoemaker, Laffit Pincay, Jr. and Kent Desormeaux when he won six races in one day at Hollywood Park on Dec. 11, 2009.          

FINISH LINES: Going into the final day of the 22-day Autumn Meet, the race for leading jockey and trainer were thisclose. Flavien Prat leads surging Rafael Bejarano by one win, 18-17, while Peter Miller, Jerry Hollendorfer and Doug O’Neill stood at 15, 14 and 13 victories, respectively . . . Mike Smith missed his engagements at Santa Anita today due to travel delays from Kentucky . . .The brothers Fuentes, journeyman Ruben, 21, and seven-pound apprentice Luis, 18, finished one-two in Saturday’s second race on Staythirstymyamigo ($6 to win) and  32-1 shot Discrete Stevie B ($24.60 to place), forming a $60.30 exacta. The winning numbers were 8-7 . . . Agent Joe Griffin now represents jockey Keiber Coa, son of former rider Eibar Coa. The third-leading jockey at Delaware Park with 39 wins at the meet that ended Oct. 20, Keiber will be doing some of his riding for trainer Tom Proctor . . . The first three races at Churchill Downs Friday were in the “Van.” Jack Van Berg, named for the late Hall of Fame trainer, won the second race, while Casino Star won the third. Both horses were trained by Jack’s son, Tom Van Berg, For good measure, the first race was won by Dutch Parrot trained by William Van Meter. The 50 cent Van Pick Three paid $849.55.

 

SANTA ANITA STATISTICS
(Current Through Saturday, Nov. 3)
Jockey Mts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% ITM% Money Won
Flavien Prat 89 18 23 12 20% 60% $1,360,282
Rafael Bejarano 93 17 14 14 18% 48% $718,165
Drayden Van Dyke 70 14 14 12 20% 57% $839,285
Assael Espinoza 115 14 13 6 12% 29% $459,300
Heriberto Figueroa 73 13 8 12 18% 45% $381,931
Geovanni Franco 86 12 8 18 14% 44% $544,222
Tiago Pereira 74 11 7 12 15% 41% $487,077
Gary Stevens 43 10 3 6 23% 44% $545,465
Tyler Baze 87 9 9 13 10% 36% $480,291
Joseph Talamo 58 9 7 10 16% 45% $584,643
Evin Roman 71 8 17 13 11% 54% $588,134
Mario Gutierrez 55 7 5 5 13% 31% $307,035
Martin Pedroza 43 6 5 7 14% 42% $198,705
Mike Smith 17 6 5 2 35% 76% $320,915
Trainer Mts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% ITM% Money Won
Peter Miller 61 15 19 7 25% 67% $922,692
Jerry Hollendorfer 61 14 10 5 23% 48% $803,506
Doug O’Neill 85 13 12 12 15% 44% $603,453
Bob Baffert 27 10 3 2 37% 56% $826,465
Richard Baltas 58 9 10 6 16% 43% $444,911
Philip D’Amato 40 9 4 3 23% 40% $447,605
Robert Hess, Jr. 28 6 6 3 21% 54% $257,400
Jack Carava 28 6 1 3 21% 36% $153,940
Richard  Mandella 23 5 7 0 22% 52% $244,480
J. Keith Desormeaux 38 5 3 4 13% 32% $178,455
Michael McCarthy 25 4 7 4 16% 60% $386,695
Peter Eurton 26 4 5 4 15% 50% $217,385
Mark Glatt 38 4 2 3 11% 24% $264,090
Jeff Bonde 15 4 2 2 27% 53% $182,805
George Papaprodromou 22 4 1 3 18% 36% $78,020

HOLLENDORFER’S VASILIKA WINS HER EIGHTH IN A ROW AS SHE RALLIES TO TAKE GRADE II, $200,000 GOLDIKOVA STAKES BY 1 ½ LENGTHS; RIDDEN BY PRAT, SHE GETS FLAT MILE ON TURF IN 1:33.49

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2018)–Claimed nine starts back for $40,000 on Feb. 11, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer’s Vasilika won for the eighth consecutive time today at Santa Anita, as she rallied to take the Grade II, $200,000 Goldikova Stakes by 1 ½ lengths as the even money favorite.  Ridden by Flavien Prat, the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Skipshot got a flat mile on grass in 1:33.49.

Breaking from post position one in a field of eight fillies and mares three and up, Vasilika was taken in-hand out of the gate and was a joint seventh heading into the Club House turn.  Prat worked his way through traffic around the far turn and she rallied two from the rail while fourth turning for home en route to her third consecutive graded stakes victory.

“I was worried about her getting trapped on the rail, but fortunately, Flavien had her in a good spot the whole way,” said Hollendorfer.  “He saved ground around the first turn, then when she was ready to go, he got through and rode a beautiful race, maybe his best race yet on her.”

With her most recent win coming in the Grade I Rodeo Drive Stakes here on Sept. 29, Vasilika paid $4.20, $3.00 and $2.60.

Owned by All Schlaich Stables, LLC, Hollendorfer, Gatto Racing, LLC and George Todaro, Vasilika, in her ninth start for her new connections, picked up $120,000 for the win, increasing her earnings to $740,595.  With nine wins from 10 starts this year, she is now 27-13-4-3 overall.

“She’s so professional, she probably knows where the wire is better than me,” said Prat.  “I was a little concerned about the rail, but we let everyone go and she was very comfortable just outside the two-horse (Madame Stripes) going into the first turn and I was feeling good.  As you saw, she’s got a really good turn of foot.”

Sent from the far outside as expected by Edwin Maldonado, Fahan Mura, who took the restricted Swingtime Stakes going a mile on turf here Oct. 7, was gallant in defeat, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Madame Stripes.

Off at 6-1, Fahan Mura paid $6.00 and $4.40.

Argentine-bred Madame Stripes, who was off at 28-1, rallied to just overhaul well fancied Lull by a nose for third money and paid $8.60 to show with Rafael Bejarano up.

Fractions on the race were 22.74, 46.20, 1:09.66 and 1:21.64.

FAVORED RIVER BOYNE RALLIES TO TAKE GRADE II, $200,000 TWILIGHT DERBY BY A HALF LENGTH AS PRAT & MULLINS TEAM FOR 1 1/8 MILE TURF WIN IN 1:46.70

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2018)–Finding his best stride late, Irish-bred River Boyne was up to win Sunday’s closing day Grade II, $200,000 Twilight Derby at Santa Anita by a half length under leading rider Flavien Prat.  Trained by Jeff Mullins and owned by Red Baron’s Barn, LLC and Rancho Temescal, LLC, River Boyne got a mile and one eighth on turf in 1:46.70.

Breaking from post position eight in a field of nine, it was obvious Prat was in no hurry early as he got River Boyne to settle well off the pace in sixth as the field headed into the Club House turn.

“The way the race set up, I thought I could follow the 10 horse (Andesh), but he was done early, so I was forced to go wide,” said Prat, in reference to a sequence of events approaching the quarter pole.  “When my horse can settle, he makes a big run and he did today.”

Most recently third as the even money favorite in the Grade II Del Mar Derby Sept. 2, River Boyne was off at 8-5 and paid $5.20, $3.20 and $2.60.

Winless in three starts in both Ireland and England, River Boyne, a 3-year-old colt by Dandy Man, River Boyne has now won six out of his nine starts with Mullins and today’s Twilight Derby triumph marked his second graded stakes triumph.

“Last time, he got a little rank and that didn’t help,” said Mullins.  “Today, he made me a little nervous there at the end, but he was able to grind it out.  Once he gets clear and he gets to his right lead, they better be runnin’ because he’s got a heckuva kick.”

With the winner’s share of $120,000, River Boyne now has earnings of $511,718 and his overall mark now stands at 12- 6-2-1.

Ridden for the first time by Joel Rosario, New York-based Have At It, a Grade II winner on Oct. 6 at Belmont Park, rallied to just touch Desert Stone for the place and paid $4.60 and $3.60 while off as the second choice at 4-1.

Irish-bred Desert Stone, the longest shot in the field with Geovanni Franco at 37-1, finished a half length clear of front-running Majestic Eagle and paid $12.00 to show.

Fractions on the race were 23.31, 46.64, 1:10.34 and 1:34.55.

Note:  With the Twilight Derby, Prat notched his second win on the day, good for 20 at the 22-day Autumn stand, two better than Rafael Bejarano’s 18.

Santa Anita Daily Results and Activity

Results

Sunday, November 4
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $30,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $18,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Starter Handicap – $10,000 $20,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Goldikova S. $200,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $22,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Claiming – $50,000 $40,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $18,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Twilight Derby $200,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $51,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Maiden Special Weight $50,000 Overnight Overnight

 

STORM THE HILL ROLLS LATE TO TAKE GRADE III, $100,000 SENATOR KEN MADDY STAKES BY 1 ¾ LENGTHS UNDER BEJARANO; TRAINED BY D’AMATO, SHE GETS 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN THE HILLSIDE TURF IN 1:12.13

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 3, 2018)–With a fast pace to run at, Storm the Hill was content to lag far back early and ramble late, as she easily overhauled favored Painting Corners to win Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes at Santa Anita by 1 ¾ lengths under Rafael Bejarano.  Trained by Phil D’Amato, the 4-year-old daughter of Stormy Atlantic got 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:12.13.

Next to last while saving ground after the first quarter mile, Bejarano angled out approaching the quarter pole, wheeled seven-wide at the top of stretch and won with consummate ease.

“We didn’t know what to expect,” said D’Amato assistant Rudy Cruz, when asked if he anticipated a fast pace.  “I told Rafael, ‘You be the one.’  He wanted to know if I wanted him to be close to the pace or back off the pace and I told him to just react to whatever was going on. He did a really good job.  He got her out and she finished very strong.”

Fourth in a Grade III turf sprint in Kentucky Sept. 8, Storm the Hill was the second choice at 5-2 in a field of nine fillies and mares three and up and paid $6.80, $3.40 and $2.40.

Owned by Alastar Thoroughbred Company, LLC and Michael Valdes, Storm the Hill, who is out of the Good and Tough mare Thornhill, banked $60,000 for the win, increasing her earnings to $338,735.  Three for four down Santa Anita’s unique hillside course, she now has two graded wins and is now 23-5-1-6 overall.

“She was much the best today,” said Bejarano, who did not ride her in Kentucky, but did guide her to victory here in the Grade III, one mile turf Wilshire Stakes three races back on June 24.  “Her best performance is at six and a half…She’s won at the distance and did again today.  She had a good turn of foot in the stretch today, especially with that pace.”

Ridden by Evin Roman, Painting Corners, in her first stakes appearance, was dispatched as the  8-5 favorite and paid $3.00 and $2.60 while finishing 1 ¾ lengths in front of Poster Girl.

“She made an easy lead and it seemed like we were just cruising, but she was going a little bit too fast,” said Roman.  That was a fast quarter (20.92) and she got a little tired.”

English-bred Poster Girl was off at 10-1 with Tyler Conner and paid $4.00 to show.

Fractions on the race were 20.92, 42.39 and 1:05.97.

Note:  The Senator Ken Maddy is named for the late California State Senator, based in Fresno, who was a stalwart for Thoroughbred racing as both a state assemblyman and senator, beginning in 1971 through 1998.

FAVORED CRUEL INTENTION POSTS GAME NECK VICTORY IN $200,000 GOLDEN STATE JUVENILE; TRAINED BY BAFFERT, HE GETS SEVEN FURLONGS IN 1:22.82 AND PROVIDES ROMAN WITH HIS SECOND STAKES WIN ON THE

RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES 

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 3, 2018)–In what quickly developed into a two-horse race, Bob Baffert’s Cruel Intention bested Jerry Hollendorfer’s Galilean by a neck as they finished some 16 lengths clear of their competition in Saturday’s $200,000 Golden State Juvenile at Santa Anita.  Ridden by Evin Roman, Cruel Intention, a 2-year-old California-bred colt by Smiling Tiger (who stands at Harris Farms in Coalinga), got seven furlongs in 1:22.82 as he remained unbeaten in two starts.

Breaking from the far outside, Cruel Intention was a close third after the first half mile, drew even with Galilean mid-way around the far turn, and from there, it was a match race to the wire.

“I knew he was a very good horse and he’s very smart,” said Roman, who also took Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes earlier in the day.  “We laid close to the pace and when I asked him around the turn, he went right up with Bejarano’s horse (Rafael, aboard Galilean) and he finished very strong.”

A 5 ½ length first-out maiden winner here on Oct. 13 when ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Cruel Intention was off as the 4-5 favorite in a field of seven California-bred or sired two year olds and paid $3.60, $2.20 and $2.10.

A $200,000 Barretts 2-year-old in Training Sale purchase in April, Cruel Intention, who is out of the Pleasantly Perfect mare Perfect Feat, is owned by Jungle Racing, LLC, LNJ Foxwoods and Nexus Racing Club, and picked up $110,000 for the win, boosting his earnings to $140,000.

A first-out winner of the restricted Barretts Juvenile on Sept. 22 at Los Alamitos, Galilean added blinkers today and showed good speed out of the gate in a huge effort.  Off as 9-5 second choice, Galilean grudgingly gave way in the final sixteenth and paid $2.80 and $2.40.

Off at 13-1 with Gary Stevens, Luck’s Royal Flush paid $3.80 to show.

Fractions on the race, all set by Galilean, were 22.17, 44.90 and 1:09.47.

The Golden State Juvenile is part of the Golden State Series, which is for eligible horses bred or sired in California.

Santa Anita Daily Results and Activity

Results

Saturday, November 3
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $30,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $30,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $51,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $51,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Claiming – $25,000 $25,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $51,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $50,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Senator Ken Maddy S. $100,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Claiming – $8,000 $18,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Golden State Juvenile S. $200,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 11 Maiden Special Weight $50,000 Overnight Overnight